Groups are seldom benign, whether massed people, flocks of birds or herds of animals - there is always an element of unease and unpredictability about them. As with Gregory's very successful series, Bag Men (1993), featured in A Vision for Twentieth Century Sculpture, this parade of anthropomorphic cameras gives rise to feelings of revulsion, horror and humour. The cameras on vultures' legs hold a menacing stance and with their undeniably black patina, possess a threatening character, which is intensified by their group presence. Hunting in a pack, they survive, but ultimately this is the survival of the fittest as they seemingly jostle for position to get the best shot.
As research for this project Gregory collected still cameras and movie cameras in antique markets and second-hand shops, and used them to create different characters within the group. Their individuality is emphasised in different ways: through the cameras bellows, placement of camera vertically or horizontally etc. The smallest of these dark beings sneak to the fore to gain a better view, the extended claw of one towards the rear menaces both his colleagues and their prey. The glistening eyes of the lenses, their penetrating collective eye, serve to emphasise their intent, and are a subtle but essential touch in this assembly.